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Poster: Mandojammer Date: Jan 2, 2009 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How do I get songs/shows from the archive to my itunes? please help!

A couple more things I do that makes it easier to get into iTunes.

Once you have the zip file downloaded, rename the folder to something that makes sense as far as a file structure convention since you will likely add to the collection. I name my files "GD - 1977-05-08 Barton Hall - Cornell University (AUD 2 - Eaton), Ithaca, NY"

Once you get the files unzipped into the folder, select all the MP3 files, right click, select 'Properties' and click on the 'Summary' tab. Click 'Advanced' and edit the Artist (Grateful Dead or whatever band you have downloaded). I edit the Album title to the same name as the folder the MP3 files are in.

Then add the file using the Add Folder utility in iTunes. Everything comes over sorted by Artist and Album Title. On occasion you will have to go in and add the track and disc numbers for each song but this can be done in iTunes.

One last thing, if you move or edit the file after adding it to iTunes, iTunes will not be able to find it and you will have to go back and add the folder again.

Good luck.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 2, 2009 10:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How do I get songs/shows from the archive to my itunes? please help!

Thanks MJ; that will help with searching functions I am sure (ie, the right click labeling you describe).

Excellent.

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Poster: smgarcia Date: Jan 2, 2009 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How do I get songs/shows from the archive to my itunes? please help!

Mandojammer

Excellent advice. Your naming convention is eerily similar to mine. All my shows look like (in iTunes that is)

YYYY-MM-DD - [DP ##] [VENUE], [CITY], [STATE] ([SOURCE])
e.g.
1971-02-19 - Capitol Theatre, Port Chester, NY (Matrix)
1972-03-28 - [DP 30] Academy Of Music, NYC, NY (SBD)
1977-11-04 - Cotterell Gym (Colgate U), Hamilton, NY (AUD)

It makes everything in iTunes so easy to read. I also use the Disc # field to indicate the concert set#...so the first set songs will have 1, second set songs will have 2, encores are always the last number. You get the idea.

One more piece of excellent advice in my opinion. iTunes, by default, manages audio files in the location they are in. However you can change that so that iTunes will copy all files to a root directory of your choice. This puts every single audio file under one directory. For instance, if you copy the archive.org files to

c:/downloads/song1.mp3

when iTunes imports the file it will move it to a directory of your choice. On my computer it is d:/iTunes/

Two advantages: 1) every audio file is always in one directory, not spread out; 2) when you do a backup to an external HD, just copy d:/iTunes/ to the drive. It's super easy.

The only thing is you'll want to delete the file in the original location after iTunes import, or else you'll have two copies on your machine. In this case, after import from c:/downloads/song1.mp3, delete that.

Your advice is excellent and I recommend it for all iTunes users.

This post was modified by smgarcia on 2009-01-02 18:55:18

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Poster: William Tell Date: Jan 2, 2009 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: How do I get songs/shows from the archive to my itunes? please help!

this explains the "!" for songs in folders I dumped to itunes and when it couldn't find them, it spasmed...crashed...that song anyway...

i just don't use it enough to really justify all the effort, but glad you and MJ outlined the details for future use.

in future exchanges please introduce yourself as "itunes guy" so that I will always search on your name and this thread when I need to go back...suppose I could cut and past but that would represent more work.

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